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Pigmeat

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much subsidy per pound of pig head is paid from EEC funds to Danish pig producers for exporting pigmeat to the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

The current levels of monetary compensatory amounts payable on pigmeat and pigmeat products from Denmark are as follows: pig carcases, 7·731p lb; bacon sides, 10·436p lb; canned ham, 20·486p lb. My right hon. Friend is continuing his efforts to secure further cuts in these payments.

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many tons of pigmeat have been imported from Denmark during the last six months; what were the corresponding figures for the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

The following is the information in respect of the most significant categories of pigmeat imported into the United Kingdom:

IMPORTS FROM DENMARK
PorkBacon and ham'000tones Canned Pig products
Six months April to September in each Year—
19733·0127·928·8
19741·3121·037·5
19758·2117·525·6
19766·2107·623·5
19776·1114·021·1
197815·2113·123·2
The increased imports of pork this year have compensated for the shortfall in domestic production but total imports are expected to account for no more than 6 per cent. of the total supply.